Using E Mail On The Road

It's easier - and more useful - than you may think!

Grace Newhaven

2001/ January 21

Email outlets across Australia


In Australia, people travelling by bicycle may find communications relatively difficult. While phones are increasingly available across Australia, they are still generally expensive, and are in effect a one-way communication system for the cyclist - the traveller can make calls, but it is much more difficult for other callers to make contact with the cyclist.

The post office can be useful for some purposes, but - since the advent of the Internet - anyone used to the immediacy and convenience of e-mail will appreciate using it on the road as much as they do at home or work.

In particular, a mobile e-mail allows your friends to contact you wherever you happen to be - for a fraction of the cost and difficulty of other means.

Some ISP's provide a facility to access your home account remotely. Alternatively, you can arrange a free account with a provider like Hotmail.com. - it only takes a few minutes to set up !

In Australia, Internet cafés provide walk-in e-mail services for a range of prices, (eg Coober Pedy $8.00/ hr) , while public libraries may even be free (though this surely cannot last!). In remote areas, public libraries are often combined with local school libraries.

In South Australia, the Public Library Network is available at http://www.plain.sa.gov.au/libs.html

For Australia, Internet cafes are listed at Australian Internet Cafe Guide

http://www.gnomon.com.au/publications/netaccess/

and http://www.netcafeguide.com/australia.htm

There are also internet machines located in many bus terminals across Australia.

Worldwide directories of www cafes and other outlets exist at http://www.netcafeguide.com/mapindex.htm

http://www.netcafes.com/ | http://eyesite.simplenet.com/eurocybercafes/index.html

If you are technically inclined, you may find the gadgets at

http :// www.pocketmail.com may be of interest.

Brian Desousa has a web page showing a Palm Pilot setup while touring:

http://briandesousa.com/palm/travel.htm

The US "NBG - Pocket Mail Program" is an offer for cyclists

http://www.bikeroute.com/NBG2000/PocketMail.html

"How to stay wired while travelling around Australia" ( a caravan site) http://www.ozemail.com.au/~adryan/caravan/net/index.htm

If you know of other email resources that would be useful to add to this page, please eMail them to Grace <gloria@chariot.net.au>


Email outlets across Australia

2001 / September 3

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New South Wales & ACT

Town

Facility

www

$ hr

Word processor

remarks

Batemans Bay

Library.

free, 3 machines

 

2 private outlets, "horizon": scanner and a CD burner.

Canberra

Libraries

free

 

http://www.act.gov.au/library/

Eden

town library

free

 

 

Eugowra

supermarket

2.00/qtr

Nil

Friendly

Leeton

café

8.00

nil

commercial

Maitland

library

6.00 ?

?

 

Narooma

YHA

$5 hr

 

4 machines - north end of town.

Nimbin

YHA, Tourist Centre,Neighbourhood centre

Not stated

 

 

Nowra .

Town library

1.10 per 30 min,

 

3 machines

Singleton

library

free

?

 

Wellington

library

 

 

open some days only

 

Victoria

".. most of the Libraries and some of the visitors centres in Victoria are free.."

Town

Facility

www

$ hr

Word processor

remarks

 Barinsdale

 Library

 free

 

 

Beechworth

? Beechworth Internet ?

$7.00

very slow internet , next to bakery

Castlemaine

[don't remember]

$4.40

has a very good fast access …

 Cobden

Library

Free

?

Wed/Fri/Sat

Geelong:

town library

free

 

net cafe in city centre.

Horsham

library

$2 /30 mins

 

 

 Orbost

library

 free

 

 

Port Campbell

YHA

$2 /qtr

 

 

Portland

backpackers

??

 

 

 Sale

Library.

 free

 "Net hermitts" : 7 machines, scanner and IT service

Warrnambool

library

 free

 

net cafe town centre.

 

Queensland

Town

Facility

www

$ hr

Word processor

remarks

Cooktown

Computer Stuff Bottom Pub

$6/hr $10/hr.

 

 

 Gympie

 Digifone 66 Monkland St (CBD)

 $5 /hr $3 1/2 hr

 yes

 07 5483 8006

 Gympie

 Library, Mellor St,

 Free

 yes

 Bookings required for 1hr and 1/2 hour blocks 07 5482 1359

Laura

the library

$4.50/hr

 

 

Normanton

the shire building

$3.30/hr

 

no CD-ROM though

 

South Australia

NB : most SA public libraries currently provide free www & e-mail access. The following libraries confirmed ( 2000 / Dec) : Kingston, Millicent, Port Augusta, Woomera

Town

Facility

www

$ hr

Word processor

remarks

 Ceduna

 information office

 $3/ 30 m

 

 2 machines, nice and cool. Good maps and info

Adelaide

city council offices

free

nil

? 25 Pirie Street

Adelaide

Information SA

free

nil

Grenfell Street

Coober Pedy

library/ school

free

free

just off main street ; also at Bus Terminal

 Mt. Gambier

The Jail backpackers 

 ??

 

 

 Nullarbor R/H

 R/h

 

 

 

Port Augusta

library

free

free

 

Woomera

library

free

?

shopping centre

Western Australia

Town

Facility

www

$ hr

Word processor

remarks

Albany

 

8.80

 

 

Carnarvon

Kodak store

$10

 

weird & wonderful town

Denmark

 

8.80

 

 

Esperance

internet café

5.50

 

Dempster street

Exmouth

 

10.00

 

 

 Margaret River

 

11.00

 

 

Port Hedland

"welcome centre"

10.00

 

Tourist information

Perth

 

3.30

 

 

Tasmania  

'… All through Tassie: government initiative of "online access centres" . Pay one off fee of about $20 a year, and they have unlimited access in all big towns and some small ones….[ Editor : there is a useful hard copy brochure " Tasmanian Communities On-line" with a list of outlets ]….Also , join the library system in Tas. Free e-mail. Borrow books and return them anywhere, the libraries are a state wide network!…" Belinda.

Town

Facility

www

$ hr

Word processor

remarks

 

 

 

 

 

Triabunna,

Visitors Center

$2 for 20 min.

?

 

 

Northern Territory

Town

Facility

www

$ hr

Word processor

remarks

Alice Springs

YHA

 

 

cheap

Coolalinga

Alternative bookshop

Free

Unknown

Community orientation

Darwin

Library

2.00/ qtr

yes

 

 Jabiru

library

? 8.00

probably

 

Katherine

library

cheap

yes

several cafes, about $8.00, free coffee

Kulgera

pub

free ??

??

friendly manager, ask nicely

 Yellow Waters

resort has booth

TWENTY

nil

whopper !

Yulara

Library

8.00

yes

 

 Contributors…..

Andy Kennedy , Belinda Van Straaten, Bob & Claire Rogers, Paul Ratcliffe, Jamie Cook, Grace Newhaven, Randy Miller, Catherine Langbridge…….

 

 Similar sites

NetSpots – internet access points across Australia www.noie.gov.au/netspots

Locations of Telecentres and Telecottages in Australia: http://www.teleservices.net.au/

 

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